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“Direct the Viewer’s Eye” is Subject of Audubon Photo Club Meeting February 2, 2016

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“Direct the Viewer’s Eye” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, February 11. Shown here is a Mail Pouch barn in Sherman photographed by member Edie Wall

“Direct the Viewer’s Eye” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, February 11. Shown here is a Mail Pouch barn in Sherman photographed by member Edie Wall

Jamestown, NY – “Direct the Viewer’s Eye” is the subject at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Cathy Abers-Kimball will present the topic: Using composition to direct the viewer’s eye. Many ways to improve your photos will be explored.

An illustrated discussion on 22 common landscape mistakes will reinforce the above ideas in the 15-minute tech portion of the meeting.

“Perspective from Repeating Patterns” and “Cropping” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. Repeating themes within the frame such as shapes, colors or lines strengthen a picture while echoing the viewer’s life’s experiences. Cropping is an essential tool for focusing a viewer’s attention and learning to see better.

A social time follows the program.

First-time visitors are welcome to visit free of charge. The annual membership is $30. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Cathy Abers-Kimball at (716) 664-3707 daytime or cathy@2ndlookgraphics.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“Composition Topics” is subject of Audubon Photo Club Meeting January 6, 2016

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 “Composition Topics” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, January 14. Shown here are snowy trees in early December, photographed by presenter Bill Smith.

“Composition Topics” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, January 14. Shown here are snowy trees in early December, photographed by presenter Bill Smith.

Jamestown, NY – “Composition Topics” is the subject at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. members Cathy Abers-Kimball and Bill Smith will review perspective and use of repeating patterns in creating compelling compositions. They will also explore how to use cropping to improve your composition post-shoot. Being aware of these will open you up to be more creative, resulting in more interesting photographs.

An illustrated discussion on 22 common landscape mistakes will reinforce the above ideas in the 15-minute tech portion of the meeting.

“Winter Lights” and “Favorite Images” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. Members will show some of their seasonal images taken in the past two months. The sharing and explanation of how they came to be helps everyone’s creativity.

A social time follows the program.

First-time visitors are welcome to visit free of charge. The annual membership is $30. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Cathy Abers-Kimball at (716) 664-3707 daytime or cathy@2ndlookgraphics.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“Drone Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting November 4, 2015

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“Drone Photography” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 12. Pictured here is the presenter, Justin Hanft, and the Dream It Do It quad-copter.

“Drone Photography” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 12. Pictured here is the presenter, Justin Hanft, and the Dream It Do It quad-copter.

Jamestown, NY – “Drone Photography” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m. Justin Hanft will describe, show and demonstrate drone photography with a quadcopter — for a different point of view!

For the past two years Hanft has been Chautauqua County Program Coordinator for Dream It Do It Western New York. Dream It Do It WNY is a workforce development initiative supported by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier. Its mission is to increase the skilled workforce pipeline entering careers in advanced manufacturing. In this role, Hanft is working with manufacturers and school districts to coordinate student/teacher manufacturing tours, student internships, and promote training in advanced manufacturing career fields for local students.

“Same Subject With Different Points Of View” and “Abstract” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. Same subject with different points of view encourages folks to think about where they put themselves relative to the subject. This spot affects how the foreground and background supports the subject. Abstract is about freeing the photographer to ignore what the subject is and simply compose an image.

The 15-minute tech talk will follow the abstract idea and will be a demonstration on adding a blurred version of an image to a sharp one to create a mix of real and the surrealistic.

A social time follows the program.

Visitors are welcome to participate free of charge for this meeting. Among the benefits of the annual $30 membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Club, visit http://www.jasphotoclub.wordpress.com or http://www.facebook.com/jasphotoclub789?fref=ts, call Cathy Abers-Kimball, Club president, at (716) 664-3707 weekdays, or email jasphotoclub@gmail.com.

“Basic Camera Settings” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting September 1, 2015

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Jamestown, NY – “Basic Camera Settings” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. Club member Bill Smith will review basic camera settings and show images taken with a range of settings to demonstrate their effects. Knowing how these settings change the look of images allows one to take pictures more creatively.

“Best Summer Images” is the topic for the image review that begins the meeting. Members will show six of their favorite images taken this summer. The sharing and explanation of how they came to be helps everyone’s creativity.

A social time follows the program.

First-time visitors are welcome to participate free of charge. The annual membership is $30. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Club, visit http://www.jasphotoclub.wordpress.com or http://www.facebook.com/jasphotoclub789?fref=ts, call Cathy Abers-Kimball, Club president, at (716) 664-3707 weekdays, or email jasphotoclub@gmail.com.

“Basic Camera Settings” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday evening, September 10. Shown here is Lincoln, the Nature Center’s Eastern Box Turtle, photographed by Club member Bonnie Bowen.

“Basic Camera Settings” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday evening, September 10. Shown here is Lincoln, the Nature Center’s Eastern Box Turtle, photographed by Club member Bonnie Bowen.

“Members Favorite Photos” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting May 6, 2015

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“Members Favorite Photos” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, May 14. Shown here are outgoing Club President Suzette Paduano and her photograph of a favorite avian subject, a local spring robin.

“Members Favorite Photos” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, May 14. Shown here are outgoing Club President Suzette Paduano and her photograph of a favorite avian subject, a local spring robin.

Suzette robinJamestown, NY – “Members Favorite Photos” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m. members Suzette Paduano, Laurel Austin-Smith, and Bill Smith will show some of their favorite images and share details of how they came to be.

Paduano is the Club’s outgoing President, having served for nine years. She has a gift for portraying birds, flowers, and children. Smith and Austin-Smith are longtime members interested in a wide variety of subjects.

“Black & White” and “More Favorite Shots” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. Black & White is about using a B&W subject and finding a vantage point to isolate and emphasize the subject, to encourage people to think about the relationship of objects. More Favorite Shots is a few images from each member — a free-wheeling shower of shots that gives an introduction into the types of images each member likes to shoot.

The 15-minute tech talk will be a demonstration creating a panorama from several shots; it will explain why combining shots can be better than just using a wide-angle lens. Also shown will be a demo creating a greater depth macro flower picture by combining shots of a single flower where the focus point changes from shot to shot.

A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

For more information contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“Digital Darkroom Demos” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting March 28, 2015

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“Digital Darkroom Demos” is the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Shown here is a panorama from Red House Lake taken by presenter Bill Smith.

“Digital Darkroom Demos” is the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Shown here is a panorama from Red House Lake taken by presenter Bill Smith.

Jamestown, NY – “Digital Darkroom Demos” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.
On Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. member Bill Smith will demonstrate creating a panorama from several shots and explain why combining shots can be better than just using a wide-angle lens.
Smith will also demonstrate creating a greater depth macro flower picture by combining shots of a single flower where the focus point changes from shot to shot.
“The Color Pink” and “Georgia O’Keefe Flowers” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. The Color Pink is about using a pink subject and finding a vantage point to isolate and emphasize the subject and so encourages people to think about the relationship of objects. For Georgia O’Keefe Flowers, members use the tips from last month’s program about how Georgia O’Keefe painted flowers to create their own in the painter’s style.
The 15 minute tech talk will be about combining two images, taking the best parts of both to create a better composite; the subject is a landscape with interesting sunset sky.
A social time follows the program.
Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.
The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“Observing Hidden Details” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting February 4, 2015

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“Observing Hidden Details” will be the subject at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, February 12. Shown here is a common winter black-capped chickadee photographed by member Suzette Paduano.

“Observing Hidden Details” will be the subject at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, February 12. Shown here is a common winter black-capped chickadee photographed by member Suzette Paduano.

Jamestown, NY – “Observing Hidden Details” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.
On Thursday, February 12, at 6:15 p.m. member Laurel Austin-Smith will lead a discovery trip inside the Nature Center building that is about finding one’s initials in the displays. This promises to be a fun time with the hidden agenda of observing and isolating details that may be rotated or even upside down.
“The Color Blue” and “Shoot from the Hip” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. The Color Blue is about using a blue subject and finding a vantage point to isolate and emphasize the subject and so encourages people to think about the relationship of objects. For Shoot from the Hip, one keeps the camera at hip level and shoot upwards. This gives an interesting perspective to your photos, as you don’t look through the viewfinder or at the camera screen.
A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.
The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at http://www.jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

Small Camera Types is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meetng December 29, 2014

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Shown here is a view of the Miller Bell Tower in winter by member Bill Smith.

Shown here is a view of the Miller Bell Tower in winter by member Bill Smith.

Jamestown, NY – “Small Camera Types” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, January 8, at 6:15 p.m. Club members will enlighten everyone on the pros and cons of different types of cameras. These include phone cameras, point-n-shoots, bridge cameras and the newer mirrorless styles. Discussion will focus on features, image quality, what you get for your money. and more. It will also unravel acronyms like ILC, CSC and others.

“The Color Green” and “Creative Aperture Mask” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. The Color Green is about using a green subject and finding a vantage point to isolate and emphasize the subject and so encourages people to think about the relationship of objects. Creative Aperture Mask is all about adding a piece of paper or foil with a cut shape in it directly in front of your lens to give bright out-of-focus spots the shape of the cutout – all in artistic fun.

A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“iPhone Abstracts” is the Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting November 10, 2014

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“iPhone Abstracts” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 13. Shown here is speaker Butch Poole's layered photograph.

“iPhone Abstracts” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 13. Shown here is speaker Butch Poole’s layered photograph.

On Thursday, November 13, at 6:15 p.m. Butch Poole will demonstrate how he approaches shooting and creating abstract nature photos. He will stress the creative process: using a starting image, adding other images to complement that, experimenting with iPhone apps while on location, deleting and adding other elements and then bring it all together with minor processing tweaks back at home.
Butch Poole is a former high school biology teacher and has been involved in the art show circuit for over 30 years selling nature videos and still photography. In 2009, he evolved into iPhone abstract nature photography using multiple exposures and layer effects from an iPhone app. Poole really appreciates now only having to carry a phone into the woods!
“The Color Yellow” and “Unusual Perspective” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. The Color Yellow is about using a yellow subject and finding a vantage point to isolate and emphasize the subject and so encourages people to think about the relationship of objects. Unusual Perspective is all about getting away from shooting at standing eye level.
A long-term scavenger hunt fun photo assignment will also be introduced.
A social time follows the program.
Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.
The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.
Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“Spring Flowers” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting April 29, 2014

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 “Spring Flowers” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, May 8. Shown here is speaker Jennifer Schlick's photograph of a marigold, also known as a cowslip.

“Spring Flowers” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, May 8. Shown here is speaker Jennifer Schlick’s photograph of a marigold, also known as a cowslip.

Jamestown, NY – “Spring Flowers” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. Jennifer Schlick will demonstrate how she approaches shooting wildflowers. She will stress the creative process: what to include, how to adjust the background view with lens choice, how to organize the view with camera settings and then bring it all together with minor processing tweaks.

Jennifer Schlick is the program director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Jamestown. Her position has afforded her the opportunity to share her passion for the natural world with many people since 1998. She finds that time disappears when she is out shooting, and she delights in photographing things both familiar and new. Schlick is co-creative director for Women Create, the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art, and an active blogger on nature.

“Selective Focus” and “Using a Reflector” are the topics for the image review that begins after the speaker. Selective focus uses a small depth of field to set the subject sharply against a quite softer background and so encourages people to think about the relationship of objects. Using a reflector is about this way to add fill light when shooting subjects in harsh light.

The 15-minute Tech Talk will be on comparing the Auto, Aperture, Shutter speed and Manual exposure modes that all cameras have.

A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

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